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Microsoft unveils final five for UAE Imagine Cup

Five best entries for Imagine Cup software competition include health and environment apps

Microsoft unveils final five for UAE Imagine Cup
Samer Abu Ltaif, General Manager, Microsoft Gulf and Hala Badri, Executive Vice President, Brand and Communications at du.

Microsoft has revealed the five UAE finalists for the 2012 Imagine Cup competition.

The global competition, which tasks students with using technology to tackle different problems, is now in its tenth year, and is open to students between the age of 16 years and 26 years.

du, ASUS and Wamda are supporting this year's competition, which is being held on the theme of ‘Imagine a World Where Technology Solves the Toughest Problems'.

The five finalist teams developed a range of different solutions, including Reutilizer, a mobile application and website used by individuals to tackle waste management and biofuels. The website is used by small restaurants to avoid waste and uses a mapping algorithm which groups nearby individuals and stores in order to optimize pickups and make routes more efficient; Absolute Security, to secure any soft or digital product against piracy by using advanced encryption; Cloud Scrubs, a unified Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system which offers a common, usable and readable format for EMRs; a mobile-based Sleep Apnea Monitor (SAM) application that aims to diagnose and monitor sleep apnea patients, through utilizing some of the phone's built-in features; and Sparkka, an application that answers medical queries and dispenses localized medical advice to patients and seekers of medical advice via its rich and easy-to-use interface.

The winners of the software design category for the UAE finals, who will be selected on 23rd April, will then go on to compete in the worldwide finals in Sydney, Australia, in July this year.

"We are impressed with the entries received thus far for the Imagine Cup competition in the UAE," said Samer Abu-Ltaif, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf. "The notion of making the world a better place is at the heart of Imagine Cup and it provides a platform for the brightest young minds across the UAE to express their creativity and passion for technology by coming up with new solutions for the challenges we face today in the world. The teams have exhibited tremendous passion and innovation and I wish them the very best for the future. Our focus on Imagine Cup reflects Microsoft's continued commitment in supporting young talent to drive future prosperity in the UAE."

"We are very pleased with the participation seen so far from students in the UAE for Microsoft UAE Imagine Cup in 2012 and are seeing a lot of excitement from young innovators in the UAE," said Hala Badri, executive vice president, Brand and Communications, du. "We are keen to keep the momentum going until the time for the UAE finals. Imagine Cup is one of few platforms that provide students a chance to showcase their technology innovation, and we believe this is set to inspire the next generation of leaders in UAE."

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